Writer Lays Bare World of Naked Yoga
Stripped-down classes test self-confidence, merits of underwear
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2009 8:15 AM CDT
Fans of naked yoga say doing the exercises in the buff helps boost self-confidence and maintain a healthy body image.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – Naked yoga is about self-confidence rather than sex, Nick Sortal of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel discovered after a foray into a men's nude yoga class. Sortal—who firmly reminded himself he was straight before stripping down and joining his 17 mostly gay classmates in a mirrored room—found the main focus was "learning to be comfortable with your body."

"There are times when it feels like any other yoga, then there are times when it's just plain uncomfortable," Sortal writes. "Like in spinal twists, when you cross one leg over the other and turn. I value underwear." It was only when he arrived home to wisecracks from his wife, Moran writes, that he realized he'd spend 90 minutes with 17 other naked men and couldn't recall glimpsing the equipment of a single one.